Consider, if you dare, the strange case of Bloody Your Hands—a pop-punk band turning mere men into frightful, immortal creatures.
With only two singles out from the upcoming album Monsters Never Die (July 7), they’re proving that you don’t have to be a Dr. Jeckyll to unleash a Mr. Hyde.
Jameson Edwards (vocals/ guitar), Henry Joseph (guitar/ bass/ vocals) and Mike Horaz (drums/ vocals) have created upbeat melodies that play to everyone’s inner punk rocker. The lyrics ease life’s harsh realities by pointing out the upsides of tough situations. Their sound is classic pop-punk—with catchy choruses and mosh pit-provoking guitar riffs.
BTRtoday (BTR): How did you all meet?
Jameson Edwards (JE): Mike and I met years ago. We used to be in a band called I Am The Heat. Years later we formed Bloody Your Hands. Mike and Henry were playing in another band, and when Henry left that band Mike convinced him to start playing with us, first on guitar, then bass. When we recorded Monsters Never Die, we wanted to keep creative control limited to the three of us. So, rather than look for a dedicated bass player, Henry played both bass and lead guitar. It worked out pretty well, if we do say so ourselves.
BTR: Why the name Bloody Your Hands?
JE: It’s a line in the song “Cactus” by The Pixies, “bloody your hands on a cactus tree, wipe it on your dress and send it to me.” The Pixies are a huge influence for us and we like the way the lyric ties love to pain.
BTR: So love influences a lot of the lyrics, got any wild relationship stories?
JE: We’ve all kind of aged out of our wild and crazy youth and are in committed relationships, but New York is a hell of a place to be young and single so I’ll just offer up four words: Risky Business Train Scene.
BTR: For such a heavy band name, you guys sound pretty light. What do you think of people who take life too seriously?
JE: Life can be serious business, especially these days. But it’s important to hold some perspective. We’re lucky to have the privilege to spend a fair amount of our time doing something we really enjoy—writing songs, playing shows, and just hanging out with each other.
BTR: Tell me about the creative process in making Monsters Never Die.
JE: For Monsters, we really tried hard to fine-tune our songwriting, distill it down to the essentials and only then start layering. We did a lot of scratch recording, and picked everything apart again and again until we were ready to take the material to the studio. You always learn things about your songs when you’re in the studio, and that’s part of the fun, but having things really worked out in advance will save you a ton of time and money. The process was long, meticulous, introspective, stressful, but very rewarding.
BTR: Why did you name it Monsters Never Die?
JE: That phrase came to me in a dream. It’s a Jekyll and Hyde kind of thing about how we all have these dark parts of ourselves that we try to keep hidden. A lot of this record is about recognizing these “monsters” in ourselves and the people around us—realizing that they don’t just disappear, but as we get older we have to learn to live with them. This record has songs about love and sadness and growing up, and songs about wild nights, but they’re all kind of about coming to terms with our monsters.
BTR: Got any shows coming up?
JE: The Delancey on July 28, but we just had a show Thursday, June 1, at Bar Matchless in Brooklyn with a stacked lineup of amazing people we are lucky to know. We played with Delicate Flowers, whose drummer Skylar Ross recorded our album and with longtime friends Self Help, who will put out a lovely album in the near future and recent Wisconsin transplants The Loud Soft Loud, who we’re just getting to know, but they’re making some really beautiful music.